I know you don’t want to hear this but it’s only 14 weeks to Christmas! So a mid week shopping trip was deemed in order.
Catching a bus to Merry Hill is super easy from where we live and does make for a pretty stress free trip with the children. Lucas fell asleep in his buggy and we hired a kiddy cart for Lilly. The kiddy carts make shopping so much easier if you have a toddler who is too old to use a buggy but is too small to put in the miles that women on a shopping trip can manage, they also have a useful large shopping bag attached. Well worth the £2.00 but remember to take ID and there is a £5.00 refundable deposit required.
Merry Hill doesn’t have the selection of The Bullring but it has everything we need for a day out. There is a lovely and huge Debenhams which has an impressive selection of skin care and cosmetics, Gold stopped at the Elemis skincare consession and ended up buying some Superfood skin oil, I was happy to get a decent sized sample of the same oil. So much for Christmas shopping!
Lunch options are plentiful, as well as the food court which has Chinese, noodles, burgers, Subway sandwiches, there is a Pizza Express and a Nandos just outside the food court and a Pizza Hut next to the bus terminal, Eds diner, Spud-u-like and Burger King in the shopping centre and Frankie & Bennys located on the outside. We chose chain pub Weatherspoons Abraham Derby as service is always quick, prices are good and they have a nice children’s menu. Lilly was very impressed with the art work just outside of the Abraham Derby, it’s a glass obelisk that is filled with glass bottles and has colour changing lights.
It was sad to see the BHS closed down now, it took up such a big amount of floor space and I hope a new tenant can be found soon. Located opposite the now defunct BHS is a good sized Primark and a few stocking filler gifts for Lilly were purchased, some press on nails for toddlers, hair bobbles, gloves you know the sort of things little children like to unwrap in their stocking on Christmas morning.
More bargains were found at The Works book store with a book of Princess stories for lilly and a Wheels on the bus story book for lucas both at only £4.00 each, The Entertainer is another “must do” shop when Christmas shopping, a toy shop which has lots of craft kits as well. Early Learning Centre is always a good choice with some great toy ideas but unfortunately it’s really hard to get the kids out once they are running free in there. Top tip from our experience is leave ELC until penultimate shop with the promise of seeing the animals as your escape clause. There is a pet store that has pet beds,collars & leads, food etc but also has a few rabbits and guinea-pig’s for sale. It’s located right by the bus station entrance, it’s called Two by Two.
No trip to Merry Hill is complete without a visit to Lush, we got some Ickle Robot bath bombs for children. We love that Lush smell and recreate it as much as possible back home. But for the ultimate in home fragrance a visit to the Yankee Candle store, Baby Powder Candles are delicious as are the Vanilla Cupcake. It’s a lovely shop with some really cute gift ideas.
Shops we succesfully avoided this visit included Hotel Chocolate, Pandora, Boux Avenue and Disney Store. Still there is 13 more Tuesdays until Christmas.